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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man pulled over by a state trooper in Onslow County this week turned out to be wanted for murder in Georgia. And he may have hidden a gun in a very unusual place.

Investigators say Tpr. Scott Merritt arrested Michael Leon Ward, 22, Monday for impaired driving and other offenses. Merritt brought Ward to the Onslow County Detention Center, where Ward was strip searched before being booked in. Investigators say during the arrest and booking process, Ward used another person’s identity.

Tuesday detention officers found a handgun in Ward’s jail cell. After that detectives figured out who Ward really was. A check through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) revealed that Ward was entered by the Atlanta Police Department for a homicide back in October.

Investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office are assisting the Atlanta Police Department with their investigation.

Ward is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center without bond pending extradition to Georgia on the murder charge.

Today, Ward was taken to the hospital for possible injuries that may have occurred to his rectum, where it is believed Ward may have concealed the .38 caliber, six-inch barrel revolver. The gun was not loaded. However, the gun was test fired by the OCSO CSI to determine its functionality and it was in operational condition.

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  • dfmjr49

    to pull that trick off, he must have been in prison before.

  • Shellys

    I don’t get it…when would he have had the opportunity to cram it up there? If he was driving down the road and got pulled over, was it while he was waiting for the officer to approach his vehicle? Or maybe when the officer was checking his license? Seems like the officer would have noticed A LOT of squirming coming from the driver seat. But please don’t tell me he was randomly driving around, from state to state, with the gun “tucked away”…

  • Guest432

    What makes me mad about this is, the taxpayers have to pay the bill for this idiot to go to the hospital and get checked for possible injuries to his rectum.

  • Guest461

    …to scale down to a derringer or something. Geeez, that had to hurt! Damage to his rectum? Dang near killtum!!! I shake my head on this one…

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